Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Pelicans Above


Blogger Frank Granovski said...

I'm impressed! Now I have a place to blab---'er, I mean, blog. So are you going to divulge all of your photo secrets here? At least post some of your favourite pics. I'll be looking forward to those with the Al Kaplan twist. That would be the ones with your ultra wide lens which puts everything into its proper perspective.

5:43 AM  
Blogger RML said...

A blog by Al! Who could have thought. I'd be interested in reading your musing though I'll be even more interested in seeing your old work. Still looking forward to all those Native American photos you have.

Shards of Photography

7:16 AM  
Blogger rick waldroup said...

Wow Al, this is great. I too can't wait to see some photos. Best of luck, Rick

6:25 PM  
Blogger Frank Granovski said...

Okay, here we go...Hey, Al...., guess what I did do today. I broke down and ordered a brand spankin’ new black professional Voigtlander Bessa R3A from Camera Quest. Now I can shoot with my 40mm F2 ‘cron and 90mm F4 Rokkor M-mounts without having to put up with those dork bars from my pristine Leica CL. And..., I won’t have to waste time or worry about setting the exposure correctly because it’s ELECTROfied just like my non-black Yashica ELECTRO GSN, but with a warranty. Yup! I’m so happy. Just thought I should share this. Next thing ya know I’ll be looking for that super-sharp 50mm F3.5 Heliar, but then I would have had to get a lens adaptor, push my film and creep in closer with my subjects. Can't have that. Now I’d like to finish off with, "I’m a stupid Canadian like you," but then you’re an American and you’re not stupid. Let the lashings begin!

4:28 AM  
Blogger Al Kaplan said...

One of these days I'll get this internet and scanning stuff figured out. Supposedly Belle posted another self-portrait picture today but all I can get is a little red X in a box. Oh well.

Mikal gave me a few rolls of MACOPHOT CUBE 400c film to try. It seems to give a decent negative in D-76 full strength although I haven't tried printing any yet. It's on a tough thin polyester base that you can't tear, you need to cut it. Once processed it seems to want to curl up, making it a royal pain to make contact sheets. I sure hope it flattens out after spending some time sleeved. Right now I have a roll of it in the Leica CL with the 40/2 Summicron and another roll in the Bessa L with the 15/4.5 Heliar.

The film is supposed to have extended red sensitivity, not quite infra-red but up close to that region of the spectrum. I'm interested in seeing its rendition of people faces, sky with clouds, the ocean, and so on. Mikal said there's no cost advantage over Tri-X or Ilford HP5 Plus. He just thought we should give it a try. With Tri-X looking to make an exit from the market I need to find another everyday 400 speed film. I like the HP5 Plus but I'm open to suggestions.

I should take Monkey with me tomorrow. Christmas seems an ideal time to get him out into the stores, around the bright lights, maybe sitting on Santa's lap...LOL He's been sitting on a table in the living room for weeks now, alone and forlorn. Poor Monkey!

James Mitchell wants to put a picture with Monkey on a T-shirt, and market it in Japan. His girlfriend is from Japan, and they're planning a trip there in a couple of months. He envisions a sleeveless T with a picture of me and Monkey on the front, and marketing it to teenage Japanese girls. Maybe he has a good idea there. Guess we'll find out!

In the meantime Belle wants to work the bugs out of the posting problem. She envisions posting a photo just about every day, and me writing about it. I love the idea! Some would be current work, mostly from my self-portrait project, while the others would be old shots from the 60's and 70's. If you have any thoughts on this please let me know. Thanks.

10:33 PM  
Blogger Frank Granovski said...

Who makes MACOPHOT CUBE 400c? I never heard of it. That's too bad about Tri-X. I didn't know it is going to be discontinued. Personally, I've never liked Tri-X, but I sure like Ilford's HP5+! I hope that one's going to stick around otherwise I'll have to buy a second fridge and stock up.

I'm glad your Leica CL is useable, unlike mine. I'm quite looking forward to the Bessa R3A I ordered. He-he, then my CL will become a permanent paperweight or flogged on ebay. That 40/2 Summicron is quite the little lens, eh? I hope I'll get used to the R3A's full sized viewfinder---you know, I don't want to cut off any heads or arms like those lovely pics found on peanut.

The monkey plan sounds like it will swing. I'd buy one...for the wife. Really. Yeah, the Internet, scanning, anything electronic including VCRs are a bitch. Things were much simpler when I was growing up. Those were the days when the sliderule and B&W TV were kings. Have a good one!

5:23 AM  
Blogger Al Kaplan said... This will get you to the Frugal Photographer page for ordering some MACOPHOT CUBE 400c film.

Monkey and I just got back from Starbucks where we did a self-portrait with the manager, William, in a Santa hat over his shaved head and oneof the girls that works there. I also shot some with monkey in a glass fronted bulletin board full of Polaroid pictures of people with Santa that were taken a couple weeks ago at their Christmas party. Then we went across the street from my house where the lawn is full if fanciful reindeer and a sleigh made out of wire painted white. Monkey is riding a reindeer! We plan on going back over there in a couple of hours when hundreds of little lights are on, all over the reindeer and the sleigh.

I've been shooting with that MACO film since I have it anyway. Only two or three shots left on the roll in the Bessa L. I might dig out an M adapter and finish up the roll in the CL with the 15 also.

I heard that Kodak is getting out of the film business entirely. I wonder what they're going to do with the production facility in China that's started cranking out Kodacolor Gold? Maybe just market it under another name?

4:00 PM  
Blogger Frank Granovski said...

"Monkey and I just got back from Starbucks where we did a self-portrait with the manager, William, in a Santa hat over his shaved head and oneof the girls that works there."

You must post some of these here or on your website, or at - you must! :-)

Isn't "Lucky" from China actually Kodak Tri-X (but packaged under Lucky)?

5:11 PM  

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